Dolly Parton's childhood literacy program expanding to UK

Dolly Parton's childhood literacy program expanding to UK


PIGEON FORGE (AP) -- Dolly Parton is taking her childhood literacy program, Imagination Library, to the United Kingdom.

The country singer announced Tuesday in London that the program will launch in Rotherham.

The first book, Beatrix Potter's popular "Tales of Peter Rabbit," is to be mailed to registered children in early 2008.

The Imagination Library provides a new, age appropriate book each month from birth until age five to registered children in participating communities.

A local sponsor in each community funds the cost of the books and mailing while Parton's foundation covers the overhead, selects the books and negotiates the cost.

She has created The Dollywood Foundation of the United Kingdom to manage the efforts in the UK.

The project was founded by Parton in 1996 as a way to inspire children in her hometown of Sevierville.

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